Anybody Else Nervous About This?

This will be a very brief post, as I’ve got a ton of work to do. But I had to put this up somewhere just to get some thoughts. As you can see from the image above, we are now roughly at the same point ABOVE the height of the real estate bubble in Q1 […]

The City, Post Self-Driving Cars

My April Fool’s experiment has taught me that most people simply do not click on links. 🙂 Accordingly, I’ll minimize the links on future posts, including this one, unless I feel it’s absolutely necessary. Heh. In any event, back to semi-serious topics… and there’s a great one on LinkedIn by the one and only Glenn Kelman, […]

Musings on the Supply Crisis

The real estate industry has been talking about low supply for a couple of years now, but it seems that some in the mainstream media have finally woken up to the issue. Chris Matthews writing in Fortune thinks that the housing crisis never ended – it just morphed into something else: “America is experiencing a […]

Musing on Culture: Is There Still a Stigma to Foreclosure?

Back in the dark, dark days of the Bubble (2008-2011), I remember thinking a lot about, and talking about, strategic default. Here’s a sample from the tail-end of 2010: What got me wondering is whether that commercial and others like it, which constantly denigrate banks, call mortgages illegal and immoral, and talk about how you […]

Why Am I Nervous About the 2016 Housing Market?

I think I need some help. [Ed: You’re just now realizing this? Really?] Something’s not really adding up for me as I think about the 2016 housing market forecasts. Economists, including one that looks a lot like me, are forecasting sort of modest growth for housing this year, based on 2015 being a great year. […]

Care About Millennials? You Should Watch This

I spent a great deal of time the last couple of weeks doing research for a chapter in the 2016 Swanepoel Trends Report. It’s still in progress, but I rather think it’ll be awesome when it comes out. I was going to write a post or two about it but… you know, I think it’s […]

We Need To Talk About Fannie Mae A Bit

A couple of weeks ago, I learned about a new Fannie Mae program that was rolled out to lenders called Collateral Underwriter, or CU. From the press release: Fannie Mae created the online tool in 2013 to analyze appraisal data it had been receiving from lenders electronically since 2012. With the rollout in early 2015, […]

Grading Time! Reviewing My 2014 Predictions

Welcome to another edition of an annual tradition, in which I go back and grade myself on my predictions made at the start of this year. My track record so far: 2010 Predictions: 6 of 10 (.600) 2011 Predictions: 4.5 of 7 (.642) 2012 Predictions: 2 for 7 (.286) 2013 Predictions: 4.5 of 7 (.642) When […]

Grading Time! Reviewing My 2013 Predictions

Welcome to another edition of an annual tradition, in which I go back and grade myself on my predictions made at the start of this year. My track record so far: 2010 Predictions: 6 of 10 (.600) 2011 Predictions: 4.5 of 7 (.642) 2012 Predictions: 2 for 7 (.286) As ever, I hope to be […]

That Mysterious "Other" – Tales from Google Consumer Survey

Tim Dain is the Executive Director at SIRMLS and one of the most forward-thinking MLS people in the industry today. He’s also a bit of a tech geek and likes to experiment with techie things. Well, he sent me something he did through Google’s new consumer survey service, and I thought it was interesting enough […]